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Gentry
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/7/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnoised with RA for three years now.  Currently taking Methotrxate, Plaqenil, Sulfur drug w/folic acid.  Dct is starting me on Humira and hopefully overtime will eliminate MX and Plaq.  Questions, I am hoping to find someone in similiar situation and get some feedback on Humira.

yalinda
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   Posted 6/7/2007 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
welcome but sry i am not on humira ..... good luck!

erin.K
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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Gentry
best BEST wishes with Humira!
 
i started Humira in late 2004 and stopped in late 2006.  in combo with MTX it is shown to work better...so your rheummy may want to keep you on the mtx + humira combo.
 
when i started it, it took about 3 to 4 months of injections for an initial "noticed an improvement".
however, the RA i have is far advanced & i had it over 10 years without any meds.
 
the quicker you're treated the more likely it is you'll have better luck with the meds & hit a remission.
 
i also was on enbrel for 2 years.
 
whatever you do...do give the Humira at least a good few months in order to see any real good benefits.
it might work really quick! ya never know.  but so many people kinda ditch these meds because they think they're not working, even though it's only been a month or 2 {that's only about 8 injections}.
 
i had no problems with enbrel or humira regarding side effects.
of course ya might get a splotchy red blotch that may itch a bit after a shot...but that's normal.
 
will you be having your 1st shot in your doctor's office?
 
glad to have you at healing well!  i do hope you find a lot of info & support here.
sincerely,
erin 
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Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


curley
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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gentry,

Welcome to HW we are glade to have you.I sure hate that you are having to deal with the RA.I to have RA,OA,AS,Crohns as well as some other health problems but I am on Humira and I must say it has helped me more than I thought it ever could.When I was put on Humira I was in a wheelchaire because I was so swollen that I no longer walk and after trying med after meds and nothing helped untill I was put on HUmira and that's what got me out of that chair.The only side effect's that I have is that when I am giving my self a shot it stings but just a few secounds and it does get a litte red around the injection site but other that I'm good to go.I give my self a shot every other week.They also have a pen out now and I do not like the pen because to me they are unreliable and and the syring is not.Now as for the other meds that you listed.I was taken off of paqenil because it was not helping and it was effectiog my eye site and since I was not responding we took me off.I do take Folic acid have been for about four years.Since I have crohns I cannot takie antiflamatorys.I have used Methotrexate for a couple of years but I was put on 6mp and this and methotrexate don't mix very well.
Curley
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MysteryB
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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/7/2007 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on all that for over a year and then they added Humira. It works for me, I've been in remission for about 9 months, about 15 months after I started the Humira. Bad news, they really won't take you off the Methotrexate (I hate that stuff!) My current cocktail is an NSAID, Plaquinal, Folic Acid, Methotrexate and Humira - but no complaints. Good luck to you!

erin.K
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   Posted 6/8/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
wow! see that! 15 months!!!!!!! worth the wait people! now i feel even better when i say "don't jump off of these meds so quick!" a few months & even 6 months is really nothing.
thank you for sharing mysteryB!
Arthritis Forum Moderator & Co-Pilot
Active Severe Rheumatory Arthritis. AS. Crohns Disease. A.Chiari Malformation & right brain venous anomoly. Partial Complex Seizures (under control!). MVP & Tricuspid Valve Prolapse. Rheumatic heart & lung. Kidney Stones (oh joy). Previous Lymes Disease for 10 years.
Meds: Remicade infusions 600mg Q3weeks; Intra-articular knee injections; 6MP 50mgQD plus 75mg weekly; Mesalamine 4GramsQD; Prednisone 20mgQD; Entocort 9mgQD; Meclizine; Augmentin; Tigan 300mg; Reglan; LidoDerm; Diazepam 5mg; Rozerem 8mg; Diclofenac; Celebrex; Percogesic; Dilaudid 4mg. 


Keah
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   Posted 6/8/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been on Humira for 3 months now. I had mistakenly hoped that I would very quickly get into remission. I AM much better, just not where I had hoped to be. My Rheumy bumped me up to injections every week because by day 10, I was sliding back into the pain again. The only other med I'm on is 20mgs of pred. I was told that I shoudl start methotrexate, but I refused. I'd like to get pregnant and soon, so that's not really an option for me.

I'm off for a second opinion froma top GI for my Crohn's and she will help us make the decision about whether I stay on pred or switch to Imuran or 6MP which have similar immunosuppressant actions to MTX.

I've been battling a sinus infection for the last month and just last week, decided to put off my Humira injection until it's all cleared up. I finished the antibiotics yesterday and was planning to hold off the injection until Sinday or Monday, but I had forgotten how much I hurt without it. I don't think I can wait that long.

The other good news is that I see significant relief within 8 to 12 hours of the injection. I hope it works as well for you.
Keah a.k.a. Wormy
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